- Mulethi is widely used as a flavouring agent.
- Its anti-diabetic and anti-oxidant properties help treat metabolism.
- Chewing on mulethi sticks is an age-old remedy for a sore throat.
- Boosts immunity system.
- Has inflammatory properties.
- Boosts digestion.
- Keeps the lungs healthy
How to grow?
The licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), which means sweet root in Greek is actually a legume. It is native to the Mediterranean and parts of the South-West Asia and particularly to the Indian subcontinent, where it is called ‘Mulethi’ It is a perennial herb that grows to over a meter and a half tall. It is cultivated for its roots, the plant has an extensive root system. Roots grow 3 to 4 feet (1 – 1.2 m) deep and can extend to 25 feet (10 m) in a deep, permeable soil. Growing licorice in container is also possible.
- Mulethi chai
In a pan or tea pot, add a small piece or two of liquorice root, about 2cm of ginger root, sliced, and 3 cups boiling water (750 ml) with 2 Indian tea bags or the equivalent of loose leaf tea. Let it infuse for a 5 – 10 minutes. Add milk and sweetener and serve.